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December 03, 2016
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Residents speak out against rehab at school; supervisor: the law will be followed

Tusten Council member Ned Lang said he plans to travel to Florida to have a look at the drug and alcohol treatment facility there run by Joan and Robert Buto who plan to open a facility in Narrowsburg.

Resident Bernie Lohmann said the board of the Sullivan West School District, which voted on June 20 to sell the school to the Butos, threw the community “under the bus,” and when they made the decision they “rushed it through” because they didn’t want to face any opposition.

Former town clerk Kathy Michell said current zoning is clear that the use is prohibited from being established in the commercial district in which the school is located. If that is true, the Butos could apply to the zoning board of appeals for a variance, and if the board approves it, the project could go forward.

A petition started by Annie Stanley and other area residents recorded more than 600 signatures both online and on paper opposing a rehab center.

Wingert said Joan and Robert Buto would appear before the town board at the next meeting on July 8, and would explain their plans and answer questions from the board and members of the community.